Last week, I went to the Romantic Times Convention. I had a blast and I learned a lot from going to panels and listening to people talk.
There are a couple of things I don’t think I’ll ever get over being excited about. And actually, I hope I don’t.
One of those things is seeing authors I admire. I have been a reader since I could sound out words. My mother read to me long before that. Put me in a room full of books and I’m a happy woman. When I don’t have anything to read, I’ll read the back of cereal boxes, packets, anything I can. So needless to say, yes, seeing authors that I read renders me a squealful, joyful fan. At the Saturday book signing, I was two spots down from Kelly Armstrong. I got to see SL Carpenter and Sahara Kelly. I got hugs from both and *squeals* books signed. Yes, Megan Hart signed Tempted for me. Yes, I stalked her. Didn’t get to stalk Lauren Dane as much as I would have liked but maybe next time.
I think I might faint if I ever get the chance to meet Stephen King.
The other thing that I get overjoyed about is people coming up to me and saying, “I read you and I love your stories.” Do you know how much I want to just grab that person in a hug and thank them like a babbling idiot? I’m still in awe that I’m doing something I love and people are reading. I try not to babble like an idiot but I’m sure I do. People were excited to find out I had Settler’s Mine 3: The Woman coming out the Tuesday after RT was over. How neat is that?
I’m sure because I’m so excited over meeting authors is one reason that meeting my own fans means so much to me. Truly, if you ever wonder how much an author appreciates notes and seeing fans, they do. I can’t even put into words just how much that means to me. I love hearing from and seeing fans. And I know I always will. Because I will always be a fan myself of other authors. Contest: Name an author who will make you faint in the comments and I’ll buy you a copy of one of their books (within reason, no out of print copies that cost like 1000 dollars on Ebay but anything current and available in ebook, mass market, and trade paperback).